SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A pathologist says a woman was alive when her throat was slit and she was set on fire on an Orange County trail. The Orange County Register says the testimony came yesterday in the trial of Iftekhar Murtaza. The Van Nuys man is charged with kidnapping and killing the father and sister of his estranged girlfriend in 2007. Prosecutors say he blamed the family for the breakup. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man who stole more than $2.5 million from Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney has been sentenced to five years in federal prison. Michael Stern also was ordered yesterday to repay Freeney. Prosecutors say Stern got access to Freeney's personal and company bank accounts through his lover, who was Freeney's financial adviser.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Tournament of Roses has named a 17-year-old student to be queen of next year's Rose Parade. Ana Marie Acosta was crowned yesterday in Pasadena out of a pool of more than 900 applicants. The Altadena resident and her court will preside at the 125th parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena and at the 100th Rose Bowl game that follows.
MARSHALL, Texas (AP) — Debaters from Texas' Wiley College have traveled to California for a rematch of a 1935 debate that served as inspiration for the movie "The Great Debaters." The exhibition debate is set for this evening on the USC campus. In the 1935 debate, students from Wiley, a small, historically black school, prevailed over USC, a nationally known powerhouse, at a time when the U.S. was heavily segregated. Last year, USC traveled to Wiley's campus in East Texas for an exhibition debate.